Photo credit: Vaschelle Andre

Current members:

L to R: (standing) Cynthia Lewis, Sandy Mills, Charlene Gumbs,
Mar Stevens, Shawn Nealy, Salina Gray, (sitting) La Tanya Carmical.

Drum Sundays with Mar Stevens: April 3, 2011

                                                    image by Mollie McClure
Mar will lead a lively, interactive workshop on April 3, with an emphasis on West African rhythms.  All levels welcome.  Please bring a drum  -- djembes, djun djuns, congas -- and/or percussion instrument.  Extra djembes and congas will be available on a first come first serve basis.  
 

Here are the details:

What:    Drum Sundays, led by Mar Stevens

When:    Sunday April 3
                  1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where:  4148 MacArthur Blvd.  (The Conscious Collective)
                  Oakland, CA  94619
                  Drum Sundays events are wheelchair accessible

Cost:    Sliding scale $10 -$25   Children under 12 free -- must be supervised by an adult
              No one turned away for lack of funds
What to Bring:   Bring a drum if you can -- djembes, djun djuns, congas -- and/or percussion instrument.  Extra djembes and congas will be available on a first come first serve basis.  

You’re welcome to come early to set up your drum -- we'll be there at 12:30. Some of us will be going to World Ground after the workshop for coffee or lunch or....All are invited. The coffee shop  at 3726 MacArthur Blvd (between Loma Vista Ave & Brown Ave)

Check our website for more information about WDI and our events:  http://womendrummers.org

Welcome Sistah Charlene!



Charlene Gumbs tears it up in her debut performance with Sistahs of the Drum who were honored to participate in the recent fundraiser for Lora Chiora-Dye. Donations can still be made to assist this amazing woman in her recovery from a brain aneurysm.

Doing it for the Kids












Backstage at Menlo School where Rosetta Saunders teaches history to inquiring young minds. Sistahs of the Drum were invited to participate in the schools International Day celebration. It is always a great experience to bring our version of African drumming to groups of folks who aren't always exposed to it yet, are open and incredibly receptive. We enjoyed sharing our music and loved witnessing the audience (students, parents and faculty) jump up and clap and dance along.

Founding members of Sistahs of the Drum continue their Drum Journey

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and Simbwala Schultz have retired from Sistahs of the Drum but not from drumming.  In their new formation the Ancestor's Daughters, they will answer the call to use their drumming and use of other percussion instruments in healing rituals and spiritual ceremonies.  Stay tuned for future collaborations with Sistahs of the Drum and any rituals and ceremonies led by the Ancestor's Daughters.